Beardsley charged over alleged insults
LONDON • Former England forward Peter Beardsley has been charged by the Football Association for using racist language towards players while working as the Under-23 coach at Premier League team Newcastle.
Beardsley, 58, left his job on March 6 following a year-long investigation by the club. He was cited for three breaches of allegedly using "abusive and/or insulting words," the FA said in a statement yesterday.
Beardsley, who has denied the claims, has until April 12 to respond.
Ronaldo fined but no ban for crotch grab
TURIN • Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was fined €20,000 (S$30,500)on Thursday by European football's governing body Uefa for a gesture he made while celebrating their Champions League last-16 victory over Atletico Madrid.
However, he will be free to face Ajax in the tournament's quarter-finals after escaping a ban, with the first leg to be played in Amsterdam on April 10.
Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick as Juventus won 3-2 on aggregate, had mimicked Atletico coach Diego Simeone's crotch-grabbing celebrations from the first leg.
F1 goes free-to-air in the Middle East
DOHA • Formula One will be broadcast live and free-to-air in the Middle East and North Africa under a new five-year deal with MBC Group.
MBC, the Middle East's largest media company, had acquired the exclusive rights to air all 21 races and would broadcast them live with a "considerable on-site presence".
Qatar-based pay-TV broadcaster beIN Sports announced last month it had not renewed its contract with the sport as a result of piracy in the region.
Els in contention at Maybank C'ship
KUALA LUMPUR • South African golfer Ernie Els surged into contention at the Maybank Championship yesterday, after he posted a second-round two-under 70 at the Saujana Golf and Country Club to sit two shots behind leader Thomas Pieters of Belgium.
Els is tied fourth on six-under 138 while joint overnight leader Nacho Elvira of Spain shot a 72 to share second spot with Indonesian Danny Masrin (68), one shot behind Pieters. Singapore's Jesse Yap (71) and Johnson Poh (77) missed the cut set at even par.